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TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation


I just finished all the sessions required for TMS treatment and I wanted to let you all know how its working for me. I wake up in the morning and I don't feel the anxiety take over my head and tie my core up in knots. I am not going over and over every negative thing that has happened to me, all day, every day. I do not curl up in a ball convinced that I'm a failure and there is nothing that will change that. I went to Walmart by myself in the middle of a Saturday with no anxiety at all, not even any tension as I walked in the front door. Heck, I even finished a book. I still have a long way to go before I'm fully functional and can look at getting off any pills, but I can see a path. TMS can be very expensive if your insurance doesn't pay for it. It also takes a great deal of time (36 sessions at 30 minutes a session). But google and take a look.

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This is such an inspirational post for me! I am waiting for insurance pre-auth before i can begin. The time commitment is a bit daunting, but i am also fortunate that my job approved a leave of absence so that's one less worry. Thank you for sharing, and know your post really makes a difference in my world!

tiredswedge in reply to Chewels

I am really excited for you to try TMS. Of course the results are different for each individual, but I'm starting to see a person I haven't seen for many, many years. I kind of like that person. I hope insurance comes through soon.

Omg I NEEDED to hear this! You’re my saving grace! I’m around session 27. I was doing good and got bronchitis so I missed 5 days. Since then, I’m having trouble getting back into it. I’m kind of losing faith and giving up. I keep canceling my sessions. I don’t want to leave the house or do anything. I feel back at square one. I feel like all those weeks, I threw away. Im starting over and I don’t want to. Hearing how it worked for you is seriously what I needed very badly. I am gonna go tomorrow and push myself to keep going! Thank YOU so much. I owe you my life! 🤗

I do hope you get to your appointment today. I know how frustrating and exhausting it is to keep fighting to find relief. Sometimes I would be so tired and discouraged I would cancel appointments, take a break from therapy, and not leave my house for days or weeks. I am hopeful I won't do that as much any more. I am hopeful you will take steps forward again, too.

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement 🙏🏼

Hi tiredswedge,Thanks so much for posting about this therapy! I have a son who's considering this for anxiety and depression. Everything else has failed, including ECT. When did you start to feel any progress? What's your future therapy plan? How often will you have to go to more sessions? Thanks for answering my questions because I know he'll want these answered before he'll go to this therapy and I want him to feel so much better! Take care and Blessings...

Hi BonnieSue, I have tried a couple dozen drugs, lots of therapy and ECT. I had really bad memory issues after ECT. I still have chunks of memory missing. It did do away with suicidal thoughts and I haven't had an issue with that in several years. TMS has very few side effects and nothing concerning memory or thinking ability. I did not experience any side effects other than the magnetic pulses feeling like a woodpecker on my head. The good thing is that that feeling goes away as soon as the pulses stop. After each session I would just pop out of the chair and leave, no pain, dizziness, or anything else. I started seeing improvement after 15 sessions. It started with feeling like their was something different, a weird feeling two or three times a day. After feeling that a couple of times, I realized the difference was no anxiety. No jaw clenching, no tension in my chest, no stomach flips, no feeling like I want to run away. Now I hardly feel that same level of anxiety. As far as maintenance goes, I will work with my usual psychiatrist to ease off a couple of meds. The research shows that patients who experience remission need to go back for a boost, on average, after twelve months.

Thank you so much for your information! I'm excited to tell my son about it! And I'm so glad for you that this happened to you! Congratulations again! I'll tell other people about this, too, as they ask me for ideas beyond drugs.

Thank you for sharing this. I'm so happy to hear that you're finding relief in this treatment. Your post gives hope to a lot of us here. Best wishes to you for continued good health!

tiredswedge in reply to Windy101

Thank you, Windy101

Glad to hear it is working for you. It did not work for me, but I had a lot of external variables that interfered with my life at the same time.

I just really appreciate all of the personal stories shared here about having successful treatment with TMS and all of the ways in which you are able to see improvement afterwards. It is really inspiring and offers so much hope.

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